Named #OpCharlieHebdo Anonymous posted a video to its Belgian account saying the group had declared war on international jihad to avenge the deaths of the murdered journalists
On the day of the attack, the hacker group Anonymous released a video on YouTube declaring war on international jihad, vowing to attack their internet activity, websites and social media accounts.
Called Operation Charlie Hebdo, the video opens on a man cloaked in a grey hoodie and wearing the group’s infamous Guy Fawkes mask; his voice deliberately obscured as he reads from a prepared statement saying Anonymous has agreed to “declare war on you, the terrorists.”
“We will track you down – every last one – and will kill you,” he says. “You allowed yourselves to kill innocent people, we will therefore avenge their deaths.”
“We are fighting in memory of those innocent people who fought for freedom of expression,” he says in the video.
Anonymous also posted a statement to pastebin shortly after the video promising a “massive reaction” in defence of freedom of speech and the fundamental values of democracy.
“You will not impose your sharia law in our democracies, we will not let your stupidity kill our liberties and our freedom of expression. We have warned you; expect your destruction,” the masked person in the video warns.
“We will track you everywhere on the planet, nowhere will you be safe. We are Anonymous. We are legion.”
“We do not forget. We do not forgive. Be afraid of us, Islamic State and al-Qaeda – you will get our vengeance.”
The video has been viewed nearly five million times and the group is already boasting success.
On Jan. 10, Anonymous posted to its Twitter account [@OpCharlieHebdo: “#TangoDown” ansar-alhaqq.net], a French jihadist website. The website redirects you to search engine DuckDuckGo.
Anonymous is a leaderless organization and dozens of its members have been arrested around the world for attacks on government and corporate websites.
The attack on Charlie Hebdo has attracted millions of supporters and protesters marching in solidarity in cities all over the world.
On Jan. 12, nearly four million people, including more than 40 state leaders, linked arms and marched through Paris past the Place de la Republique and other cities in France to protest Islamist terror. It is the largest march of its kind in French history.